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The Right Side of History

How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
Narrated by: Ben Shapiro
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times best-selling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.

In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was - ironically - about the necessity for free speech and rational debate. 

He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. Our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world. 

We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. 

Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” - and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs.

We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity. 

We can’t.

The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this audiobook may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.

©2019 Ben Shapiro (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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I didn’t know Ben could talk so slow

For those that know Ben and listen to him speak you know he talks very fast. In this recording he slows it down A LOT. If you speed it up to 1.25x or 1.5x you will have normal Ben speed and finish the book quicker. Great Work Ben!

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The first time Ben is speaking slowly!

I needed to raise the speed to 1.5 to hear ben in his usual speaking voice

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Our Cultural Heritage as the West

A short but well constructed perspective into our cultural heritage as the West. Perhaps a bit narrow minded on a lot of the philosophies covered especially those of the 20th century. Nevertheless, his argument was not a bad one.

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Long-Awaited & Excellent

I almost always listen to audiobooks at 1.50X speed, but this wasn't exactly an option for Ben Shapiro's rate of speech. Very well organized, concise, insightful, relevant, and well-timed for the issues of today. More great stuff from Ben--Highly recommended!

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Great Book!

keep me interested and informed the all time. Love this book learn a lot that I didn't know

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Great book!

I loved it! Ben Shapiro never disappoints! It has given me so much to research!

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Ben actually reads it!

I love reading and listening to Ben Shapiro's books, but I hate the fact that his books are usually narrated by other people. Usually I read it in his voice in my head anyway but this is amazing I love this book it's a must read!

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Great Book!

Shapiro covers our philosophical, religious & political history from Jerusalem & Athens through Coumminism & Nazism into today's modern West. Great book, would highly recommend.

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What's Not to Love?

A book by Ben Shapiro, narrated by Ben Shapiro? Do you need to know more?

Well, I don't care if you need to know more. Just buy the book, do it, now!

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Great and insightful book!

Wonderful and very important book, we all should know where your society came from! Right, left, center still a great read for all!!!

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  • Gabriel Amorim
  • 03-24-19

A great compilation and critique of the current date of sociopolitical affairs

I have been twice through this book now and absolutely loved it. It is a great tool to explain where and how we got to the point we are right now with respect to the social debate in western culture.

For me, the only point I wish Ben had dwelt a bit more was on the contribution of Christianity itself in the points it can be contrasted to Judaism brought to the mix, especially after the Reformation. It is totally understandable- he talks from his viewpoint - but I wished more research and light was given to that issue.

Overall, Ben brings in the clarity, tenacity and capacity to interrelate multiple streams of contributions that forms the Western thought.

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  • David
  • 03-26-19

Incredible

Shapiro provides a comprehensive overview of our historical roots of morale reasoning and the evident straying from sense and logic so succinctly. This book could not have more relevance than in this day and age where reason is being increasingly abandoned all so that everyone with a victim persona does not experience the ‘trauma’ of their precious self esteem being offended... the world has gone mad and it is so refreshing to have thinkers and commentators such as Ben Shapiro to bring light to reality. The final chapters 4 lessons for his children are absolutely phenomenal- I am going to teach my own children these crucial lessons as now that I know, it is my responsibility. I am so grateful for this book. Thank you Ben.

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  • J. Tauser
  • 03-25-19

Amazing book for everyone

A great book that is a great supplement to Jordan’s 12 rules.
Performance of read is spot on!

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  • H. P.
  • 03-24-19

Decent overview of ideas, but not much more

At its best, Shapiro does a great job of pointing out lacunae in rationalist positions. He also summarises some complex views succinctly and reasonably accurately. However, I didn't come away feeling that this book offers much that is new.

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  • Ella
  • 03-23-19

Excellently written & highly important

Ben Shapiro is a much needed prophet. Pls read to help save our civilization! Thanks

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  • Carlin
  • 03-26-19

Excellent

Fascinating, great overview of the history of Western thought, as rooted in reason and Judeo Christian values. And Ben links it really well to our social environment and political climate today. Really enjoyed it, easy to understand. Not too long either, I got through it in one day.

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  • Andy P
  • 03-23-19

Excellent over view of the important philosophies of the West

As a Bible believing Christian, I thought Ben’s summation of the important doctrines was concise and accurate, which gives me confidence in his description of the other topics. A great way to gain insight and perspective of the last 3,000 years, of which I had a very limited understanding. I think it will be seen in time as an important work. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-19

Magnificent

Ben presents history unflinchingly and honestly. This is a critical dialogue that has been lacking in the recent past. All would do well to read it and reflect soberly on the arguments presented.

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